Diving Helmet

Production date
Circa 1940
Country
Japan
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Description
Toa 'Pearler' Diving Helmet, c.1940s (Japan)
12 bolt, 3 light (window) with square corselet based on Heinke Pearler pattern
Classification
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Diving Diver's helmet
Production place
Measurements
H480mm x W350mm x D380mm
Media/Materials description
Copper, brass, glass
Signature/Marks
Manufacturer's name plaque (centre front of corselet):
TAO DIVING APPARATUS CO, LTD
MINAMISENJI TOKYO JAPAN
History and use
This helmet was manufactured by the TOA company in Tokyo for the northern Australian and Asian pearl fisheries. It was designed on the Heinke ‘pearler’ helmet with a square corselet that enabled the diver more freedom to bend forward AND had a more useful, larger front light (faceplate). There is a 'Heinke like' air inlet elbow and safety pin, which is a bolt that screws in from the corselet (breastplate) securing the bonnet in place.

Toa was established in 1909. This company has always produced quality helmets bearing a similarity to the Heinke, who also made pearler style diving helmets. TOA still make quality helmets and were still in business in 2007.
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Registration number
H3890

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